Is the fourth time a charm for October and her ghost detective friends? While investigating the cause of the long-dead Tabetha Scott’s death way back in the 1860s, October and the Dead Kids discover that Sticksville, Ontario, served as an endpoint for the Underground Railroad, the secret network by which enslaved people escaped to free states and Canada. But October Schwartz finds herself with more detective work than she can handle after some new musically inclined chums are incriminated in a robbery at a school concert.
Fraudulent occult psychics, funeral home ambushes, band wars, the spooky Sticksville fairgrounds, and a history of prejudice all converge in a climactic conclusion that hints a secret society might be behind all manner of catastrophes in October Schwartz’s not-so-boring little town.
Evan Munday is the author and illustrator of the Silver Birch shortlisted Dead Kid Detective Agency Series, which includes The Dead Kid Detective Agency, Dial M for Morna, and Loyalist to a Fault. Evan works as publicity manager for children’s books at Penguin Random House Canada. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
“A fairly elegant interweave of three mysteries that refuses to pull punches (historical or otherwise) regarding discrimination and with more than enough tantalizing intrigue and mortal danger to go around is enticing . . . A draw for veterans and newcomers alike.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Fans of the series will be thrilled with another spectral mystery glinting with subtle mirth.” — School Library Journal